Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Homeless shelters full

EDITOR:

My husband and I are part of the nomadic homeless shelter program and have been for five years. The season started Nov. 1 and we had 14-18 folks the first few weeks. Then the city leaders decided to close Hangtown Haven on Nov. 15. The consequences of that is that the numbers at the overnight shelter have been increasing rapidly.

Last night the shelter had 43 shelter guests. We have enough sleeping bags but have had to order more mats to accommodate the increased numbers and the mats will not be in until next week. Thanks to a grant from the Eldorado Community Foundation we will have the funds to cover this increased expenditure.

The problem is that the churches in the shelter program have willing hearts but limited facilities to house any more than 45 people overnight. Overcrowding becomes a problem; there will not be enough space, volunteers, equipment, food, transportation. It becomes very difficult to provide a quality overnight shelter program for our homeless community.

We need and welcome additional churches and organizations to step up and assist the shelter program with the increased numbers caused by the closing of Hangtown Haven.

With gratitude, the current participating churches are Foot Hills United Methodist, Mercy Way Rescue Church, Green Valley Community Church, Solid Rock Faith Center, Christ Like Services, Cameron Park Christian, New Hope Fellowship Church, Cold Springs Community Church and Federated Church.

JANIS CARNEY
Camino

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  • Happy Thanksgiving!November 26, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 Time to Think... We have a choice. We can carry the world on our shoulders, or we can say, "I give up, Lord; here's my life. I give you my world, the whole world." –Bruce Larson, author and pastor

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  • Working stiffDecember 02, 2013 - 9:40 am

    "The consequences of that is that the numbers at the overnight shelter have been increasing rapidly" I'd say the consequences are, they might actually have to find jobs and pay for their own shelter the way the rest of us have to..

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  • Dink LaneDecember 02, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    Get a job? Are you hiring "Working Stiff"? What about the man and his two children? Are you going to watch his children while he looks for work?..... Take the plank out of your eye and see the truth...

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  • FrederickDecember 03, 2013 - 11:37 am

    Let all the homeless move to Dink Lane!

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  • Once HomelessDecember 03, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    Wow. I guess you have no idea how many homeless people are physically or mentally unable to work. I guess you also have no idea how difficult it can be to get a job when you have no place to shower regularly, wash your clothes. Not to mention how difficult it is to address those medical concerns that might enable you to be well enough to find a job when it's all you can do to worry about catching buses, getting a meal, getting to the day shelter, the night shelter etc. Please don't pretend the answers are so simple because they simply are not.

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  • Working StiffDecember 02, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    No, Dink...it's up to HIM to figure out his own issues. He will if given a chance and not given free handouts. I have fallen on hard times like anyone. NEVER did I expect others to give me free food, housing, toilets. etc. I feel for him, I really do, but this homeless issue for the most part is a bunch of Libs trying to give FREE handouts to lazy drunks. I understand it's not all of them that are lazy but a vast majority ARE. If you don't see that, then I can't help your head in sand. I put in my 35 years of working....good times and bad...now I deserve a cozy retirement...which I have no guilt about. I EARNED IT!!!!

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  • Dink LaneDecember 02, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    Actually the average homeless person is out on the street less than a year. Some don't have the mental ability to figure out how to fix the problem. "Lazy Drunks" were NOT allowed in Hangtown Haven. I go to Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento frequently. I have seen the REAL facts about the homeless. L&F help them get "Addresses" needed for Job Applications.... Working Stiff.... If you were homeless, how did you get Call-backs about jobs? How did you find ways to get clean clothes to wear to those interviews? My money says, someone helped you..... Only the Right-Wing Hate mongers say it "Free Hand outs." (Why aren't you upset about Corp handouts?... Oh I forgot.... It's your stock shares.).... I agree with Pope Francis: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?" ..... I'm sure your stock shares are doing just fine....

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  • Martin W.December 03, 2013 - 9:05 am

    Job applications? I'm sure they filled those out along with the Obama phone and voter registration card. Let's not forget that conservatives donate to charities at a 2 to 1 margin compared to liberals. Unless you are honest about the causation of homelessness than you cannot contribute effectively to the conversation. Less than 3% are "down on their luck". The other 97% have drug/alcohol problems or have psychological issues.

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  • Dink LaneDecember 03, 2013 - 12:07 pm

    Your post is an excellent example why the US ranks 17th in the world in READING.

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  • Once HomelessDecember 03, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    I am truly blown away by the lack of knowledge. First of all since the economy crapped out there are a great deal more than 3% of the population down on there luck. Closer to about 25%. Secondly, the other 75% usually do suffer from mental issues and/or drug and alcohol issues. The mental health issues usually preceding the addiction issues.

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  • Once HomelessDecember 03, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    You are truly blessed and for that I am glad. Before you call someone lazy get to know them. Before you talk about free handouts, spend the night at a shelter. before you judge know those whom you are judging. Compassion before ignorance is always a safe way to proceed. You have no idea of the personal struggles and tragedies that some of these people have suffered. You have no idea how hard it is to exist when most wish you'd disappear. Enjoy the retirement you were lucky enough to earn. Better yet get down on your knees and thank God in Heaven that by his Grace you were able to earn it.

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  • Paula LeeDecember 02, 2013 - 5:15 pm

    I would love to see other organizations get involved so that a collective community effort would make a bigger impact and share the needed involvement. Paula Lee Placerville

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  • Diamond DaveDecember 03, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    No can do. If the homeless were moved to Dink Lane it would displace the herd of unicorns that now reside there.

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  • Dink LaneDecember 03, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Last year a young woman with scars from being burned covered half her face and head. Her fingers were nothing but stubs. She worked for Loves & Fishes with Sister Libby. She processed the homeless people's paperwork with a smile and bright eyes. The Homeless people welcomed her help....... Something I don't see "Working Stiff" and "Diamond Dave" could or would do...........She told me that people didn't want her entering their stores looking for work. She was far from LAZY.... but then the empty minded comments on this letter shows the lazy THINKING of our privileged residents.

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